MARQUETTE — The inaugural veterans mobile food pantry at Lakeview Arena Thursday got an overwhelming amount of support from the community — especially the number of volunteers who assisted with the effort, organizers said.
Upper Peninsula Construction Council Executive Director Tony Retaskie said 120 volunteers helped make the event a success.
“We put out the call out for 70 to 75 volunteers,” Retaskie said. “The response was great.”
The UPCC joined the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO to purchase 30,000 pounds of food with the help of Adventist Community Services to be distributed to U.P. veterans.
Fifteen of those volunteers are Marquette and Alger county high school students participating in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program, Retaskie said.